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Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015

Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2015

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50. Lotic - Agitations

Lotic - Agitations
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

49. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - A Year With 13 Moons

February 9, 2015
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

13 Moons is a celebration of fading detail, a reminder that we’ll only ever continue to forget.

45. Jlin - Dark Energy

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

By prioritizing rhythm over hooks, by turning away from looped vocal samples and toward a starker, more tensile vocabulary of snares and strings, Dark Energy immediately sounds like a benchmark, an outlier in terms of minimalist abstraction and intensity.

44. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
93
25 reviews

D’angelo’s music is soul against evil. Murder, racism, violence, oppression, hatred: Black Messiah is protest music, healing music, a bomb and a balm.

43. Food Court - Food Court

Food Court - Food Court
February 16, 2015
Critic Score
100
1 review

42. Ben Zimmerman - The Baltika Years

Ben Zimmerman - The Baltika Years
June 9, 2015
Critic Score
90
1 review

41. DJ Nigga Fox - Noite E Dia

DJ Nigga Fox - Noite E Dia
March 23, 2015
Critic Score
84
2 reviews

40. Chicklette - UNFAITHFUL

Chicklette - UNFAITHFUL
February 17, 2015
Critic Score
90
1 review

39. Zs - Xe

January 27, 2015
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

38. Amnesia Scanner - Angels Rig Hook

Amnesia Scanner - Angels Rig Hook
February 26, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

37. Autre Ne Veut - Age of Transparency

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

Age of Transparency is heady and dizzying, even more unpleasant than Anxiety at times, but it’s keyed in to the zeitgeist in a way that feels genuine, constructive even.

36. Lolina - RELAXIN' With Lolina

Lolina - RELAXIN' With Lolina
March 10, 2015
Critic Score
70
1 review

35. Holly Herndon - Platform

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
Holly Herndon’s latest collection of avant-garde electronic music is smart, innovative, politically urgent, and very, very sensual.

34. Eartheater - RIP Chrysalis

October 20, 2015
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

32. Giant Claw - Deep Thoughts

Giant Claw - Deep Thoughts
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

31. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
84
29 reviews
With pacing like a serial manga franchise, the album shines through its relentless ability to grow on you, despite all odds.

30. U.S. Girls - Half Free

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

Half Free is a dudless, succinct record with nonetheless staggering scope.

28. Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls

May 12, 2015
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
The album is dripping in homage to power electronics, harsh noise, and ambient synth music; it’s a combination of influences that have been explored to varying extents throughout his back catalogue, and it’s been done here to impeccable effect.

27. M.E.S.H. - Piteous Gate

July 24, 2015
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

With Piteous Gate, you hear an artist becoming strong to themselves, not as a strong icon or representation, but as a capable force across industrialized identities, one who extracts dances from the cosmos.

26. Fourth World Magazine Vol. II - Pinhead In Fantasia

Fourth World Magazine Vol. II - Pinhead In Fantasia
November 1, 2014
Critic Score
100
1 review

25. Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee

February 3, 2015
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

COIN COIN Chapter Three: river run thee is infinite and indispensable in its cultural worth and true-ly timeless and comprehensive in its scope. A masterwork of human history, still in progress.

24. Cloud Rat - Qliphoth

May 29, 2015
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

23. Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl

June 9, 2015
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
Each piece makes for a beautiful, unceremonious introduction to the otherwise private and sensitive world Hval has always dared to define.

22. Helen - The Original Faces

September 4, 2015
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

Sometimes you have a dream and it’s not bad. It’s not wish-fulfillment, but you feel more alive for having had it. The memory of the dream’s worth nothing, but you’ll chase the feeling all day. This album is a lot like that.

21. D/P/I - Ad Hocc

D/P/I - Ad Hocc
April 10, 2015
Critic Score
90
1 review

20. D∆WN - Blackheart

January 15, 2015
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

Blackheart is ongoing and nearly seamless, unselfconscious in its refashioning of 80s guitar licks, steel drums, 256-bit EDM, flutes, and trap snares.

18. Lil Ugly Mane - Third Side of Tape

April 29, 2015
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

17. Ahnnu - Perception

Ahnnu - Perception
April 7, 2015
Critic Score
90
1 review

16. Container - LP

June 8, 2015
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

As last year’s attention-grabbing Adhesive EP intimated, the new Container is a richly rhythmic powerhouse of gleeful propulsion. The beats trump everything, including the tones that are so overdriven they might as well be more beats.

15. Joanna Newsom - Divers

October 23, 2015
Critic Score
87
32 reviews

Divers is, to greatly oversimplify its project and to mention only one of its many mythic frames of reference, about the fall and redemption of humanity. That divine catastrophe is scaled down to the commonly human quantity of the sensible work of art, rich in emotional honesty and poetic complexity.

14. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

February 12, 2015
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

With If You’re Reading This, there is union between his effort to “mythologically aggrandize” himself and to relieve creative pressure by half-redundantly (and “meaningfully”) delivering what people what: Drake content, Drake lyrics, Drake beats… a Drake album.

13. Sicko Mobb - Super Saiyan Vol. 2

April 1, 2015
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

12. Beat Detectives - Boogie Chillen / The Hills of Cypress

Beat Detectives - Boogie Chillen / The Hills of Cypress
May 25, 2015
Critic Score
100
1 review

11. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
87
25 reviews

Have You In My Wilderness is all about walking away and looking back, the content of desire and its form, the voice in search of clarifying itself.

10. SOPHIE - PRODUCT

November 27, 2015
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

SOPHIE’S PRODUCT relies on amiable, nonchalant, subconscious confusion.

9. Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
This is music that gnaws at your bones. And make no mistake, this is every second Björk’s album. And it is nothing short of breathtaking.

8. Future - DS2

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

DS2 finds a hellish, motivating power by articulating how it’s possible to have the best time of your life during the worst time of your life. And it all sounds so good.

5. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

If anything, Garden of Delete showcases how fragile the genre, the signifier, the “culture” is in 2015.

4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
34 reviews

Underlying To Pimp a Butterfly’s system of contradictions is a narrative of hope against the brutality of the systematic destruction of the unity of the culture, the murderous cops and the drug wars — that hope is in the possibilities of consciousness, that ever elusive revolutionary power that makes us all rulers of this world.

3. James Ferraro - Skid Row

James Ferraro - Skid Row
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
65
4 reviews

2. Young Thug - Barter 6

April 16, 2015
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

Regardless of the form, Barter 6 offers a fantastic explication of the capabilities Thug has been honing — the capabilities of liminality.

1. Arca - Mutant

November 20, 2015
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
Perhaps through his relentless work output, Arca has transcended the limitations of digital structure to arrive at fluid alien-jazz.
Original Source: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/features/2015-favorite-50-music-releases
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